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So I finally (read: a million years late) got my hands on The Woman Who Died A Lot, and can I just say that THURSDAY IS SUCH A BADASS EVEN GETTING UP THERE IN YEARS AND WITH A BUM LEG AND I WANT TO BE HER.
That is all.
Go read some Jasper Fforde, ffolks.
The Fourth Bear, by Jasper Fforde
Adult Fiction/Science Fiction
My Rating: ★★★★★ / ★★★★★
Synopsis in a Single Sentence:
The Gingerbreadman is on the loose again, and although they can’t come to an agreement on whether he’s actually a cake or a biscuit, it’s up to Jack Spratt and Mary Mary of the Reading Nursery Crime Division to get him back behind bars - while simultaneously discovering what happened to Goldilocks after she left the three bears’ house…
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